6821RE: [7mm NGA] Computer printed Decals/transfers
- Feb 1, 2007Brian,
Alastair pretty well covers it. Domestic inkjet or laser printers cant do
white and are unlikely to ever, theres no demand for it sir! The
available products you describe are either white or clear for you to print
colours on to.
The ALPS printer [or the OKI DP5000) used a different sort of technology.
The inks are more like an old typewriter ribbon and there is one for each
colour. The other clever bit with these printers is extremely accurate
control of the paper movement as they print one colour and then go back and
print the next so there has to be excellent registration. Neither the ALPS
or OKI printer are available these days [I have one of the OKI ones] but
they both used common technology no longer available although you can still
get the inks. Basically, other technologies overtook it and there arent
enough modellers wanting white to justify it.
What I can suggest is that if you are wanting single colour transfers e.g.
white on a clear background you could do the artwork in word, or the like
and e-mail it to me, I can get a sheet done for a reasonable price as there
is someone I can send it to get a single A4 or A3 sheet printed thats a
lot of lettering!
If you want the proper fonts have a look at www.railfonts.com
Railroads built down to a budget would probably use railroad roman as this
was a mandated minimum standard.
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Sent: 01 February 2007 14:32
Subject: Re: [7mm NGA] Computer printed Decals/transfers
I've not tried the products you mention, but I have looked into it.
What I've seen suggests that white transfers are a bit of a problem
unless you have an ALPS printer. A standard inkjet or laser printer
just doesn't do white ink. The only way around is to do a white
background and print the black as a "window" for the white to come through.
Could be fun going into PC W*rld and asking for a white ink cartridge.. .
> Hi everybody
> I am interested in producing transfers for my railway and would like
> to know
> if anybody has used any of the products that allow you to print your own
> transfers on an inkjet printer?
> How good are the results?
> How opaque are white transfers? (I am mainly interested in white transfers
> to go on a black background).
> Any help, comments, recommendations or alternatives would be much
> Many thanks
> Brian Lunn
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